Buddhahood is No Free Lunch

matthewsatori:

The long and arduous journey of a Bodhisattva seems like the most realistic way to attain Buddhahood. I am unconvinced by anyone who promises that we can attain Buddhahood in one lifetime or after one more rebirth.

It took the Buddha himself many lifetimes of selfless service to attain Buddhahood, as recounted in the Jataka tales:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jataka_tales

And in the story of Bodhisattva Never Despise:
http://www.rk-world.org/publications/lotussutra_B20.html

What matters more than our own personal attainments is cultivating kindness and compassion to all other beings. What matters is living the Six Paramitas of a Bodhisattva here and now, and the rest will assuredly follow.

Buddhas and Bodhisattvas encourage us along the path. We have to do the walking ourselves:

  1. Dāna pāramitā: generosity, giving of oneself (in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese, 布施波羅蜜; in Tibetan, སབྱིན་པ sbyin-pa)
  2. Śīla pāramitā : virtue, morality, discipline, proper conduct (持戒波羅蜜; ཚུལ་ཁྲིམས tshul-khrims)
  3. Kṣānti pāramitā : patience, tolerance, forbearance, acceptance, endurance (忍辱波羅蜜; བཟོད་པ bzod-pa)
  4. Vīrya pāramitā : energy, diligence, vigor, effort (精進波羅蜜; བརྩོན་འགྲུས brtson-’grus)
  5. Dhyāna pāramitā : one-pointed concentration, contemplation (禪定波羅蜜, བསམ་གཏན bsam-gtan)
  6. Prajñā pāramitā : wisdom, insight (般若波羅蜜; ཤེས་རབ shes-rab)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pāramitā
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What matters more than our own personal attainments is cultivating kindness and compassion to all other beings. What matters is living the Six Paramitas of a Bodhisattva here and now, and the rest will assuredly follow.